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Michael William Balfe - Songs and Ballads Rediscovered

Michael William Balfe - Songs and Ballads Rediscovered

Item No. GMCD 7359

Price GBP 8.50 / USD

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Release Date: 31.05.2011

Michael William Balfe was an Irish composer, best-remembered for his opera The Bohemian Girl. After a short career as a violinist, Balfe pursued an operatic singing career, while he began to compose. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he composed 28 operas, more than 250 songs and other works. From 1829 to 1870 Balfe among other conducting posts was appointed musical director and principal conductor for the Italian Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre in London. There he first produced several of Verdi's operas for London audiences. He conducted for Jenny Lind at her opera debut and on many occasions thereafter. Balfe was born in Dublin, where his musical gifts became apparent at an early age. Balfe retired in 1864 to Hertfordshire, where he leased a country estate. He died at his home in 1870, aged 62, and was buried at Kensal Green. In 1882 a medallion portrait of him was unveiled in Westminster Abbey. Pianist and world acclaimed opera conductor Richard Bonynge has been for many years an avid collector of songs and ballads from the Nineteenth century. Together with soprano Sally Silver he has realised his ambition to record some of his collection with this CD of songs and ballads by Michael William Balfe. Richard and Sally have recently recorded songs by William Vincent Wallace another Irish composer who made his name as an opera composer in London, Vienna and Australia. This recording will be released on the Guild label later this year.


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Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 Ah! Would that I could love thee less Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) Sally Silver (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano) 2:58
02 O smile as thou wert wont to smile Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) Sally Silver (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano) 2:58
03 Dids't thou but know (Si tu savais) Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) Sally Silver (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano) 3:16
04 Hopeful heart should banish care Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) Sally Silver (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano) 4:48
05 A home in the heart Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) Sally Silver (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano) 3:18
06 Those we love Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) Sally Silver (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano) 2:54
07 Old friends Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) Sally Silver (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano) 2:47
08 I'm a merry Zingara Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) Sally Silver (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano) 3:36
09 Le Crépuscule Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) Sally Silver (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano) 4:06
10 A merry little Savoyard Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) Sally Silver (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano) 2:28
11 Killarney Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) Sally Silver (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano) 3:18
12 Falling river Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) Sally Silver (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano) 2:53
13 Don't let the roses listen Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) Sally Silver (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano) 2:55
14 The blighted flower Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) Sally Silver (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano) 3:11
15 The green trees whispered Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) Sally Silver (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano) 3:39
16 The lonely rose Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) Sally Silver (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano) 2:46
17 I'd rather be a village maid Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) Sally Silver (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano) 3:09
18 O take me to thy heart again Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) Sally Silver (soprano), Richard Bonynge (piano) 2:55
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